The world’s most complete catalog of keyboard programming for musical theater, KeyboardTEK is the brainchild of Electronic Music Designers and Keyboard Programmers Taylor, Ethan, and Kevin (the TEK in KeyboardTEK), in conjunction with some of the music industry’s most accomplished artists.
Kevin Roland, Founder & CEO
Kevin Roland is a pianist, Music Educator, Music Director, Keyboard Programmer, based in Charlotte, NC .
In Kevin’s 25+ years as a professional musician, he has been involved with hundreds of musical productions from high school to summer stock, community theater to regional theater, National Tours to Off-Broadway and everything in between. He has accompanied Broadway artists such as Idina Menzel, Laura Benanti, Liz Callaway, Alice Ripley, Judy Kuhn, Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald, and Brian Stokes Mitchell to name a few. In addition to his theatrical credits, Kevin has performed all over the world and was one of the pianists for the White House during his time in Washington DC where he entertained 4 different Presidents and numerous political dignitaries.
Kevin has performed in the pit for the national tours of Rent, The Addams Family, Cabaret, If/Then, Wicked, Annie, Something Rotten, The Book of Mormon, and Beautiful, among others. Kevin also served as the keyboard tech for the . . . And Peggy company for the Hamilton National Tour and is a freelance Music Director and pianist. He also maintains an active teaching and production studio in Charlotte, North Carolina where he recently relocated after spending many years in NYC, DC, and San Francisco.
An early adopter of technology in musical theater and self-described “synth-geek”, Kevin’s obsession with sampling analog and digital synthesizers to use within Apple’s MainStage program earned him the nickname the “MainStage MD” for which his previous company and the predecessor of KeyboardTEK was coined. Today, Kevin programs and licenses his catalog of shows hundreds of times a year for theaters across the world. Kevin was on the creative team for the Pre-Broadway production of Amelie as electronic music designer at Berkeley Rep.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters of Music in collaborative piano from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Ethan Deppe, Co-Founder & Senior Programmer
Ethan Deppe is a Chicago-based Electronic Music Designer, Composer, Music Director, and Percussionist. Raised on a diet of classical music, heavy metal, and musical theatre, he attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied Music Composition and Percussion.
As a Composer for film and television, Ethan has a long history of working with all forms of music technology and virtual instruments. The transition from film and television to theatrical Sound and Electronic Music Design was a natural one, and Ethan loves working daily in a field that has such an amazing collision of music and technology. From Chicago’s famous theaters (Lyric Opera, Goodman Theatre, Broadway in Chicago, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and Chicago’s large suburban regional houses (Writers Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, and Theatre at the Center) to Chicago’s edgy and gritty storefront theatre scene, Ethan’s electronic music design shapes the sound of Chicago’s theatrical musicians at shows big and small.
Taylor Williams, Co-Founder & Senior Programmer
Taylor discovered his passion for theatre in San Diego, CA as a performer in school and community theatre productions. At the age of 14 he was given a copy of a popular MIDI sequencer and he’s been marrying the worlds of theatre and music technology ever since.
After attending American University in DC as a Music Theatre Performance major, Taylor moved to New York City, where he works as a keyboard player, composer, and electronic instrument programmer. He’s had the pleasure of working with top artists including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Heather Headley, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Pentatonix, Gloria Estefan, and Sara Bareilles. His work can be heard on Broadway and around the world.